Former President Bill Clinton said President Barack Obama needs to honor his oft-repeated promise that Americans who like their health insurance plans can keep them under the Affordable Care Act.
“For young people who are in the individual market whose incomes are above 400 percent of the poverty level, they were the ones who heard the promise, ‘If you like what you got, you can keep it,’” Clinton said in an interview with Carlos Watson, founder and CEO of digital news site OZY.com.
It does not appear that the Obama White House has kept its promise. Indeed, as the error-riddled healthcare.gov website continues to confound both Washington officials and consumers, millions have received cancellation notices from their health insurance providers.
“I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got,” Clinton said.
Elsewhere in the interview, Clinton did offer praise for Obamacare, saying the country is “better off” with it than without it.
Watch the discussion here (Obamacare remarks come at the 3:15 mark):
The former president’s remarks are the first indication that the Clinton camp may be distancing itself from the disastrous rollout of Obama’s signature piece of legislation.
Hillary Clinton is widely expected to make another bid for the White House in 2016. Last month, the super PAC Ready for Hillary, a group whose sole purpose is to urge her to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination, announced that billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros would co-chair its national finance council, meaning there is some serious money behind the movement.
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